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King Lear

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Closed November 20, 2011

Sam Waterston is what might be called a pure actor -- versatile, dedicated, intelligent and very good indeed, at home in any medium and any period.

Los Angeles Times

Why See King Lear?

In no other play is Shakespeare's tragic vision more terrifyingly clear -- and nowhere in his canon does he dramatize more powerfully or humanely that only kindness and love are potent enough to counter mankind's darkest impulses.

When King Lear divides his kingdom among his three daughters, he sets in motion a cascade of violence that sweeps the civilized world to the brink of chaos, and Lear to the edge of madness.

Featuring Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Sam Waterston in the title role.

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Previews from: 18 October 2011

Opening night: 4 November 2011

Cast and Creative


Sam Waterston as King Lear
Enid Graham as Goneril
Kristen Connolly as Cordelia
Kelli O'Hara as Regan
Bill Irwin as the Fool
Frank Wood as Cornwall
Che Ayende as Duke of Burgundy/Knight/Servant
Craig Bockhorn as the Doctor
Michael Crane as Oswald
Herb Foster as Old Man/Curan
Seth Gilliam as Edmund
Michael Izquierdo as the King of France
Michael McKean as Gloucester
Arian Moayed as Edgar
John Douglas Thompson as Kent
Richard Topol as Albany


By William Shakespeare
Directed by James Macdonald
Scenic design by Miriam Buether
Costume design by Gabriel Berry
Lighting design by Christopher Akerlind
Sound design by Darron L West.

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